Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Video: Push Underway to Raise Wages in Northern Idaho City

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 9:38 AM

An effort to boost Idaho's minimum wage—the lowest in the nation—fell on deaf ears at the Idaho Statehouse again this session, but group in a northern Idaho city is looking to do something about it for its own citizens.

KHQ-TV reports that Raise Idaho is turning to lawmakers in Coeur d'Alene to bump the current minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.75 by the start of 2016, and to $10.25 the year after that. Coeur d'Alene has to cope with a regular flow of its citizens across the state line to Washington each day where the current minimum wage is $9.47 an hour.

KHQ-TV profiled one Idaho woman—a single mother of two with two college degrees—who spent a recent afternoon applying for jobs through the Idaho Department of Labor. She currently makes $10 per hour.

"I'm in that weird place where I make too much to get state assistance but I'm not making enough to get ends to meet and it gets really tough," said Lisa Johnson. "Coming from a family standpoint it would be probably essential to have (wages) raised." 

Spokane, North Idaho News

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